I've Always Wondered This Myself
A while ago there was (yet another) hullabaloo over at a The Underwear Drawer (neat blog; hat tip to RJS for the link) about the tired old "OMG" about admissions to exclusive preschools in NYC. I found the best answer to a question I too have often pondered in this comment:
How [can one] possibly determine a four- or five-year-old's chances of academic success based on an aptitude test or two and a 15- or 30-minute "interview"?It turns out that this is the answer:
They don't. They look at the kid's parents. Not at how well they play The Game, but whether they seem caring, sane, intelligent, and likely to provide the kind of love and support that children need to flourish.Good to know. Makes sense, doesn't it.